Santa Clara University

Residential Learning Communities

What are RLCs

First things first. Living in an RLC at Santa Clara is an awesome experience.

So, what is an RLC? It’s an acronym for a Residential Learning Community – a group of students who take some classes together, live in one residence hall*, and experience college in a way that is so much more than just living in a “dorm” and going to class.  

Every freshman, most sophomores, and many juniors and seniors are part of an RLC. 

Each community is built around one or two themes, like community service or issues of faith and justice. Because the themes are broad, you will probably find several that appeal to you. 

Of course, it’s not like everything that happens in an RLC is about the theme. But when people share interests, knowledge, and experiences, it just makes everything that happens in an RLC more enjoyable and more enriching.

What you’ll find is that our RLCs are more alike than different. 

Every RLC will help you make connections from the day you arrive on campus – with your peer freshmen, with other students, with faculty, and with the University. 

In every community the leadership team, a group of faculty, residence life staff, and student “community facilitators,” are hard at work, long before school even starts in the fall, to create a full schedule of fun and interesting events throughout the year. 

We invite you to learn more.

*Students who choose to live at home are still members of an RLC.


RLC Contact Information

Residential Learning Communities
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Benson Memorial Center, Room 213

Phone: 408-554-4366
FAX: 408-554-4935

Director: Prof. Phil Kesten
Phone: 408-554-4311
Fax: 408-554-6965

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